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Corn Hill Cairns

Corn Hill Cairns, A cairn is a stone passage tomb consisting of a narrow passage leading to a roofed chamber. The roofs were mainly corbelled and the structure was covered in a circular-shaped mound of stone often edged with kerbstones. Many cairns occur in a cluster of two or more monuments. The most famous example of an Irish passage tomb is Newgrange, which dates to c.3000BC, however it is likely that the Corn Hill cairns are earlier in date.

There are two cairns on the summit of Corn Hill, sometimes called Cairn Hill, and which is the highest point in Longford. The larger of the two has been damaged by a trigonometical station. The smaller, second cairn is situated 50m to the west. One legend suggests that one of the cairns was the burial place of Furbuidhe, slain by the followers of Queen Meabh of Connacht, after he slew her following the epic Táin Bó Cualaigne/ Cattle Raid of Cooley. Local lore also states that the larger cairn was called ‘Carn Caille’, after an ancient witch ‘Cailleach a Bheara’, who dropped stones from her apron as she flew over the hill.

The summit of Corn Hill is accessible by foot along a 1.2KM laneway from the main road. Please note that there is a telecommunications mast on the hill, which must not be accessed.

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